The California Disaster Assistance Act (CDAA) authorizes the Director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) to administer a disaster assistance program that provides financial assistance from the state for costs incurred by local governments as a result of a disaster event. Funding for the repair, restoration, or replacement of public real property damaged or destroyed by a disaster is made available when the Director concurs with a local emergency proclamation requesting state disaster assistance. The program also provides for the reimbursement of local government costs associated with certain emergency activities undertaken in response to a state of emergency proclaimed by the Governor. In addition, the program may provide matching fund assistance for cost sharing required under federal public assistance programs in response to a Presidential Major Disaster or Emergency Declaration. The implementing regulations for CDAA can be found in Title 19 of the California Code of Regulations, Chapter 6.
In general, the state share is no more than 75 percent of the following eligible costs
Overtime and associated wage additive costs for emergency response personnel;
Actual travel and per diem;
Supplies, materials, and equipment;
Repair, permanent restoration, and replacement costs for public facilities;
The cost of basic engineering services when necessary for construction projects;
Indirect and administrative costs (10% of total approved state share);
Costs for work performed under interagency assistance agreements for which an eligible applicant is legally obligated to pay; and
The local cost share required under federal public assistance programs.
The state Public Assistance Program provides funding to cities, counties, special districts, school districts, community colleges, and certain private nonprofit organizations in the event of a state disaster.
Section 8686.4 of the Government Code, when the Director determines there are mitigation measures that are cost-effective and substantially reduce the risk of future damage, hardship, loss, or suffering in an area where a state of emergency has been proclaimed by the Governor, the Director may authorize the implementation or replacement of mitigation measures.
Allows certain eligible Private Nonprofits (PNP) or an Intermediary PNP applicant to receive state assistance for extraordinary costs incurred while providing assistance at the request of local agencies during a state disaster event.
It is important for local governments to be familiar with state and federal eligibility and reasonable costs guidelines. Debris planning allows communities to be better prepared for a disaster by identifying debris collection and disposal sites, identifying potential debris contractors, and preparing debris removal contracts in advance of a disaster.
provides subject matter expertise with regard to state and federal environmental and historic laws/regulations. It is the responsibility of the applicants to be familiar and comply with theses laws and regulatons.